The Fourth Wish

The Fourth Wish

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When eighteen-year-old Margo McKenna becomes a genie, she must figure out how her new powers work, deal with having a master who attends her high school, and try to graduate with her secret under wraps--all while learning what "forever" really means when your boyfriend is a centuries old genie.
Publisher: New York, New York : Kathy Dawson Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780803738287
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 22 cm


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May 27, 2015

I would only recommend this to older people, but other then that it's okay book. It does get confusing too.

FindingJane Apr 06, 2015

Margo finds juggling the life of a genie and that of a human girl bent on finishing high school and going on to college rather—dicey. Her motivations about her decision to become a genie and remain with Oliver come under question since Margo is still a teenager and she herself is unsure about what exactly she wants to do with her life.

The dialogue remains spot on target, with Margo trying to maintain her grades, keep her friendships and deal with her new master, an obnoxious, would-be playboy who shows nothing but low-grade contempt for the females he encounters. Margo’s friends, acquaintances and Oliver himself try to help her with her newfound powers and responsibilities. But Margo takes charge in a way that is uniquely hers and manages to win the day.

The only thing that doesn’t quite ring true is Margo’s disconnection with the Internet. In a world where even 11-year-old children have cell phones, it’s hard to believe that Margo has to be told constantly of what’s happening on YouTube, Facebook or the Internet. One character wonders if she ever goes online; you have to wonder, too.

But the rest of the book holds up very well, including a new dilemma about whether to create more genies in the world. Margo and Oliver are the last two, making them something of an endangered species. (However, no one points that out to them—except for one person, no one in this book is what you would call socially conscious.)

“The Fourth Wish” concludes this storyline but ends rather abruptly and on an unexpected note. Lovers of typical romances, ending with the lovers going off hand in hand, may be disappointed. But the prospect of an exciting future for all involved is entirely fitting with the protagonist’s aspirations. Ms. Ribar has done very well for her characters; we need not fear for them.


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May 27, 2015

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